Health Care Reform and the Law in Canada: Meeting the Challenge

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Health Care Reform and the Law in Canada: Meeting the Challenge


Wilson, Douglas, Canadian Journal of Public Health


Health Care Reform and the Law in Canada: Meeting the Challenge Timothy A. Caulfield and Barbara von Tigerstrom Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press, 2002; 288 pages, $39.95

This book is a collection of essays chat aims to engage Canadian legal academics and others concerned with our changing health system in a wide range of issues relating to the law and health reform. The seven diverse chapter topics represent the breadth of legal issues associated with health reform, and include: legal institutions and the Canada Health Act, malpractice, fiduciary law (the duty of loyalty) and for-profit or not-for profit health care, human rights and health care reform, shifting care from hospitals to home, community treatment orders in mental health law, and the implications of international trade agreements such as NAFTA and WTO. In each chapter, the issue is outlined in principle for a general audience and then explored in depth with respect to the current legal issues and those issues that should be anticipated in future. Clear conclusions and an extensive bibliography of notes, legal precedents and references are provided. The final section of the book is a separate 35-page bibliography of materials available on legal issues in health reform prepared by the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. …

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